Posted by Sphinx on July 28, 2004
In Reply to: *** thanks, but still... posted by Bob on July 28, 2004
: : : : : : Do you like Elvis' songs? What about the lyrics?
: : : : : : 1.Mean Woman Blues
: : : : : : "I got a woman as mean as she can be." I've heard this phrase "as adj. as one can be" a lot. What does that mean?
: : : : : : 2.King Creole
: : : : : : "Well, he sings a song about a crowded hole
: : : : : : He sings a song about a jelly roll
: : : : : : He sings a song about meat and greens
: : : : : : He wails some blues about new orleans"
: : : : : : Could you tell me what're a crowded hole and "meat and greens"?
: : : : : : 3.Trouble
: : : : : : "My daddy was a green-eyed mountain jack"
: : : : : : Who could be a "mountain jack"?
: : : : : : "I don't take no orders From no kind of man"
: : : : : : What does this "not-no-no" sentence want to say?
: : : : : : Thanks!
: : : : : Not, no. This is a double negative - each no just adds emphasis to the not. "I don't take orders from anyone." English is not the same as arithmetic where two minuses make a plus!
: : : : Here's two.
: : : : Jelly roll = sex.
: : : : Jack = man. (Merriam-Webster online: JACK 1 a : MAN -- usually used as an intensive in such phrases as every man jack b often capitalized : SAILOR c : SERVANT, LABORER : LUMBERJACK
: : : The professor said, "In Russian, and in many other languages, a double negative intensifies the denial, just as it does in ungrammatical English. But curiously, nowhere, in no language, does a double positive make a negative."
: : : To which, a voice from the back of the lecture hall said, "yeah, sure."
: : 1."a double negative intensifies the denial", could you please give another exmaple of this?
: : And what about this: "I'd take no orders from no kind of man".
: : 2."I got a woman as mean as she can be."
: : I've heard this phrase "as adjective as somebody can be" a lot. What does that phrase mean?
: : 3.What is a crowded hole?
: : Now here come two new ones:
: : 4.In "Treat Me Nice",
: : "Don't you ever kiss me once, kiss me twice, treat me nice."
: : But in "Trouble", "Well I'm evil, so don't you mess around with me."
: : Are the two "don't you" the same?
: : Great thanks!
: Absolutely not, I ain't gonna give you no more answers nohow, no sir.
But other questions... Help me the helpless guy...